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APD Releases Use-Of-Force Policy

APD Releases Use-Of-Force Policy

After two years of high profile officer-involved shootings, the Anchorage Police Department has made their use-of-force policy public. Police Chief Mark Mew made the announcement last night, (Thursday 2/13) during a community forum at Clark Middle School in the Mountain View Neighborhood.

February 13, 2014 - 10:03 pm
State Picks Direct Route For U-Med Road

State Picks Direct Route For U-Med Road

State transportation officials have selected a preferred route for a mid-town Anchorage road connecting the University of Alaska and two city hospitals with major traffic arteries. The municipality and the state are partners in the project, along with landholders in what is called the U-Med district.

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February 13, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Fish Board Restricts Commercial Fleet in Cook Inlet

After spending Sunday listening to stakeholders’ committee comments on Northern District proposals, the state’s Board of Fisheries this (Monday) morning got down to deliberations on central Cook Inlet management changes. The Board unanimously approved a proposal to ensure escapement goals for the Northern District.

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February 10, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Winds Whipping Up Dust, Gravel in the Mat-Su

Schools stayed open in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough on Friday, despite high winds raking the area late Thursday night and were expected to continue through Friday afternoon. A low pressure center moving into the Northern Gulf of Alaska, in combination with a high pressure area over the Interior, caused the winds. Palmer, Wasilla, Chickaloon and Sutton were affected by the winds, which reached 60 mph with gusts of up to 80 mph.

February 7, 2014 - 6:07 pm
Goodwill Job Center Opens, Thrift Store Planned

Goodwill Job Center Opens, Thrift Store Planned

Goodwill industries is opening a job center in downtown Anchorage today (Thursday). The non-profit center aims to help those with barriers to employment overcome them.

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February 5, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Cook Inlet Salmon Changes Could Benefit Mat-Su

Mac Minard, is a fisheries biologist now working as a consultant for the Mat-Su Borough. He says the board’s action today focuses primarily on Kenai River king salmon, but it could be beneficial to the Mat-Su on two fronts.

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February 5, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Court Temporarily Suspends Restrictions On Medicaid-Funded Abortions

An Anchorage Superior Court judge has temporarily suspended a regulation that would have restricted women who qualify for Medicaid funded abortions.

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February 4, 2014 - 5:43 pm
Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Dept. of Corrections Confirms Inadvertent Recording of Attorney-Client Calls

At a hearing last week in Dillingham, a public defense attorney mentioned to the judge that he had been cautioned by his agency about discussing confidential matters with clients in custody at state correctional facilities. The agency had learned that the state’s Department of Corrections was either monitoring or recording phone calls between inmates and their attorneys, a practice that defies the attorney-client privilege.

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February 3, 2014 - 5:50 pm
Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

Planned Parenthood Tries To Block Abortion Regulation

Attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the State of Alaska argued before Judge John Suddock in a hearing Monday in Anchorage Superior Court. Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against the state last week, objecting to new limitations being placed on abortions paid for by Medicaid.

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February 3, 2014 - 4:52 pm
Students, Parents Organize to Fight Education Budget Cuts

Students, Parents Organize to Fight Education Budget Cuts

Students and Parents are mobilizing in Anchorage to fight possible education cuts and legislation that proposes a constitutional amendment allowing public funds to go to private schools.

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January 31, 2014 - 5:17 pm
Desperate Renters Face Bugs, Damage

Desperate Renters Face Bugs, Damage

The Big Timber Motel in Anchorage has been in the news recently because of health and safety concerns – everything from fire code violations to an infestation of bedbugs, but it’s not the only low income housing in Anchorage with problems. And city officials say it’s difficult to address the issue.

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January 31, 2014 - 4:29 pm
Vote on Anchorage Labor Law Set for November Ballot

Vote on Anchorage Labor Law Set for November Ballot

The Anchorage Assembly finally set a date for a vote on a referendum that would repeal a controversial labor law last night (Tues. 1/28). It won’t happen until fall.

January 28, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Program Could Loosen Water Pollution Regulations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are joining in a new program that allows water polluters to gain clean water credits without reducing the amount of effluent they produce. The deal is not used in Alaska yet, but it allows a permitted facility to purchase pollutant reduction credits from other users within the same watershed. And clean water advocates in the state say the arrangement is missing the point of the Clean Water Act.

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January 27, 2014 - 5:16 pm
(From left) Allison Haynes, Margaret Clark, and Laura Gordon, all West High School Students, testified before the Anchorage School Board on Thursday night about the proposed 2014-15 budget. All opposed the cuts. Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

ASD Budget Cutting Process Begins as Legislature Mulls Increasing Education Funding

Anchorage School District officials presented the 2014-15 budget to the Anchorage School Board Thursday evening. The district faces cutting 23 million dollars this year unless the legislature increases the per student funding. Public testimony was passionate and officials discussed calculations for how much legislators would have to increase funding to stop cuts.

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January 24, 2014 - 11:49 am
Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

Residents Anxious as City Mulls Condemning Motel

About two-dozen residents of a motel that was seized by the Municipality of Anchorage recently, may soon be looking for a new place to live. They have not been evicted yet, but the city says that will likely happen because of unsanitary conditions.

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January 23, 2014 - 5:15 pm
Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Palmer Hearing Pinpoints Divisive Legislation

Alaska Natives are spearheading a move to block a divisive piece of legislation. On Tuesday, the Chickaloon Tribe invited the public and state officials out to Palmer to discuss their differences.

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January 23, 2014 - 11:48 am
Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

Anchorage School District Set to Lay Off More Than 200

Tuesday, the superintendent of the Anchorage School District announced how he will trim $23 million from the district’s budget.

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January 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Alaskans Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Alaskans Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Alaskans celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior’s birthday with songs and remarks from state and local leaders.

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January 20, 2014 - 5:16 pm
Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

Alaska Attorneys Give Free Legal Advice for MLK Jr. Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Anchorage attorneys provided free legal services at the Mountain View Community Center in Anchorage.

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January 20, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Alaska’s Population Grows By 3.7 Percent In Three Years

Alaska’s population growth is increasing faster than that of the rest of the country. Figures released Friday by the state labor department indicate that the state’s population increased 3.7 percent over the past three years, compared with a 2.4 growth rate in the US.

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January 17, 2014 - 4:59 pm